CONOR Marshall is excited to be back in pre-season training... after a holiday from hell.
The Boston United right back says he has hated the summer as it just left him itching to lace up his boots once again.
“At the end of the season every footballer wants a holiday,” Marshall told The Standard.
“But after one or two weeks I get bored.
“I don’t like the summer. Without football there’s nothing to do at weekends.”
Having been brought up in Skegness, you would think the 19-year-old would learn to love the summer season.
But even having the European Championships on the TV has not appeased football-mad Marshall.
He added: “It’s even harder when there’s a tournament on
“Watching players at the top level makes you even more desperate to get out there and improve yourself.”
That is something Marshall has been working hard on this summer.
As he makes the move from professional to semi-pro, he knows he has to become his own motivator.
“Last year I was training every day with Grimsby (Town), Monday to Friday with the weekends off,” he added. “At Boston we’re part-time, but they’ll make up for that by working us hard.
“I like that because I train hard anyway. I like being put through my paces.”
And that’s a good thing as Marshall is fully aware there will be a clutch of trialists hoping to take his position throughout pre-season, after the club linked up for the first time last night (Tuesday).
“It’s hard when people come in and want to take your place. But hopefully, I can seal my spot in the side,” Marshall continued. “Fingers crossed, I can play as many games as possible this season.
“I want to be able to show I can keep my place in the team.”
Marshall played 16 times last season following his January switch from Brigg Town, only missing the Lincs Senior Shield defeat to Grantham, when he was rested.
Keeping that run going may be the personal aim, but he is aware of the bigger picture.
Marshall told The Standard: “When I joined, the aim was to get promoted.
“That didn’t happen, but we want to try to do that this year.
“Everyone here knows Boston United should be in a higher league.”